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Agronomy Update

15 Tips for Successfully Growing Soft Red Winter Wheat in the Midwest

Author: Chad Kalaher
  1. Variety Selection. Select varieties that are best suited for your operation’s needs, whether that’s based on maturity for harvest timing and soybean double-cropping, straw and/or grain yield, management level, or a combination of these needs. In addition, maturity and harvest timing may be important for timely manure management, summer drainage tile projects, or timely cover-crop seeding. Utilize data from universities, third-party testing services, seed companies, and local performance-based product recommendations from your Beck’s representative to help select the best varieties available. University of Illinois research from 2013 and 2014 shows a 20 percent difference in grain yield just by selecting top-performing wheat varieties.
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Agronomy Update

Winter Kill in Wheat and What to Scout For

Author: Austin Scott

I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday season! I am the new Field Agronomist for Beck's southern marketing area and wanted to take this opportunity to say hello and address a concern some of our southern farmers may be experiencing.

As I sit here in shorts and a T-shirt, I can’t help but notice the unseasonably warm temperatures we’ve had. While it’s nice to sit on the porch in 70 degree weather and drink coffee, I’ve gotten a few calls concerning fall wheat growth. The landlord might think the green wheat field looks good, but “winter kill” is becoming a concern for many farmers.

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